Taiyi Sun

Department of Political Science

Taiyi Sun

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 361B
(757) 594-7066


  • Ph D in Political Science, Boston University
  • MA in Political Science, American University
  • AB in Politics and Government, Ripon College


East Asian Politics
International Political Economy
Comparative and International Politics
Public Policy


Civil Society
Authoritarian Resilience
Disaster politics
Chinese politics


Dr. Taiyi Sun, Assistant Professor of the Political Science Department, joined the faculty of Christopher Newport in 2017. He is originally from Hangzhou, China. As a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he received his B.A. in politics & government and business administration from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, and M.A. in international affairs from American University School of International Service, Washington D.C., and Ph.D. in political science from Boston University. His research interests include Chinese politics, disaster politics, civil society, and international political economy. More specifically, he studies how major disasters change state-society relations and the level of social capital under authoritarian rule, and how legalization could happen under a “zone of indifference” without meaningful institutionalization.

Taiyi has given talks at the Harvard Fairbank Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, MIT, Brown University, American University, Beijing Normal University, American Political Science Association, American Sociology Association, American Public Health Association, and has published in subjects on Chinese politics, international political economy, and teaching methodology.

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). Positive development of RCEP and its strategic significance. Japan Studies. Volume, 171. Issue, 2019-4. Pages, 1-10.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2019). Deliberate Differentiation by the Chinese State: Outsourcing Responsibility for Governance. The China Quarterly. Pages, 1-26.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Earthquakes for Practices: How responses to natural disasters prepared authoritarian states and opposition groups for the Arab Spring. Asian and African Studies (亚非研究). Volume, 12. Issue, 6. Pages, 203-219.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    社会的质疑:对四川农村公民社会组织的看法. Fudan University Press.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). Civic Transformation in the Wake of the Wenchuan Earthquake: State, Society, and the Individual. Made in China. Volume, 3. Issue, 1. Pages, 66-70.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Earthquakes and the Typologies of State-CSO Relations in China: A Dynamic Framework. China Information. Volume, 31. Issue, 3. Pages, 304-326.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Earthquakes, state weakness, and the outcomes of the Arab Spring. Asian and African Studies (亚非研究). Volume, 12. Issue, 6. Pages, 203-219.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2016). Diversity in the Facilitated Classroom. Routledge.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2010). China’s Pegged Exchange Rate and its Political Economy. Journal of International Service. Volume, 9. Issue, 2. Pages, 69-81.
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